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Hi I'm Robert

I'm a United States Probation Officer, and I'm a Mormon. The gospel helped me overcome a culture of drugs, crime, and poverty.

About Me

I was reared in a loving and good Mexican-American migrant family. However, I struggled as a teenager growing up in a community influenced by drugs, violence and poverty. Finding the gospel helped me rise above my surroundings. I joined the Mormon church at age 18 after prayerfully searching for purpose in my life. I served a two-year mission in Argentina a year after my conversion. Upon returning, I became the first member of my family to graduate from college. I earned a masters degree from Indiana University, and I work as a United States Probation Officer. My passions in life include exercising faith, spending time with my wife and our five children, and staying young by running. I subscribe to the saying "you are as young as your faith and as old as your doubt."

Why I am a Mormon

As a teenager, I was out drinking alcohol with my peers one night, and they decided to go and vandalize cars at a nearby college. I felt awful and vowed to change my life and my friends. I stopped drinking alcohol and became active in a protestant church. I declared Jesus Christ as my personal savior, and the pastor invited me to be baptized. I asked him if baptism was necessary for salvation, and he said it wasn't. However, he encouraged me to pray about baptism; and a couple of months later, I met a Mormon girl named Marcy at a high school dance. We dated during my senior year, and I sensed something different about her. The topic of religion seldom came up, but I learned a lot about her faith in Jesus Christ by the way she lived. One day, I found a Book of Mormon in my home and noticed a passage that said one should pray to know if the book was true. I knelt down and prayed for help to know if the book was true, and I felt a powerful and overwhelming feeling of warmth afterwards each time I read the book. I finished the book in five days and knew that it was true. A few weeks later, I was taught the fullness of the gospel by Mormon missionaries, and I was baptized.

How I live my faith

I once worked at the West Texas Boys Ranch in San Angelo, Texas, and the ranch had a slogan engravened on a large stone at its entrance that read "Don't Brand a Boy, Build a Man." The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints refers to its sons, ages 12-18, as young men. My faith has allowed me to help build hundreds of young men who are blessing our community, country and world. It is truly an honor that I cherish greatly.

In whom should we have faith?

Everything facilitated, practiced, or taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints points us to our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ is known as Alpha and Omega, in other words the beginning and the end. However, before I joined this church I knew very little about where I came from and where I will go after this life. It was like driving a car in the fog and seeing very little in front of me or behind me. It made me feel anxious and fearful, but now the fog in my life has been lifted and the immense light of Jesus Christ is shining bright. My faith in Jesus Christ has been strengthened and illuminated one-hundred fold since I was baptized into His fold. I now have peace and hope as I journey through life. Show more Show less